THE LOT - La Jolla

4.1
344 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
THE LOT is San Diego's luxury cinema and dining destination. A high energy social hub for craft coffee, artisan pastries, elevated cuisine, premium spirits and sophisticated wines.

We offer breakfast, lunch and dinner in our restaurant, patios, or in-theater. We serve brunch on weekends and host multiple events for the whole neighborhood to enjoy.

THE LOT was established in 2015 and was inspired by and created for this neighborhood and honors the sea, art, culture, food, music, weather, and the people that make La Jolla so singular and inspiring. Customizing and creating the ultimate entertainment and lifestyle experience is our obsession and we're excited to share this curated experience with you.
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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Looking for the perfect place to celebrate Easter? Come to THE LOT for our Sunday brunch. Bring your kids for our Easter egg hunt. Don’t miss one of the marquee events at THE LOT, featuring a buffet with a variety of specials. Ladies bring your pastel dresses for the full experience. Reserve NOW!

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Portland
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We were looking for good food and good drinks in a casual atmosphere where we could hear each other speak and watch some conference championship basketball - checked all the boxes!

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MW
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had wonderful time,$20 bottomless mimosas was awesome, the ladies had a wonderful time. Thanks Rafael.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place.

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JZ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at The Lot. We used Fox5 BeOurGuest and saved 50% our evening. Theater was comfortable and nice. Dinner was yummy, and our waiter, Grant was AWESOME and helpful. Manger, came by to make sure we were happy. This is a great place, I definitely recommend.

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D
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our server was wonderful. Corkage fee is $35, which is bit high even in this area. We ordered the flatbread, truffle fries, the Lot burger and cocktails. The food was not hot and there was a big wait for the food to be served after we ordered.

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DH
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It was my birthday. Three girlfriends took me out to lunch at the Lot. Then we went into the theater and watched “the green book.“ I had the avocado toast, and it was outstanding. But what really got me was the complimentary birthday cake provided by the restaurant. It was a hefty slice of carrot cake with a sparkler in place of the candle. How festive it is that!?!

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SL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alan a manager and our waitress were very nice and the whole experience was perfect for Valentine's Day. Thanks, Scott

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TG
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful. The food was amazing. The service, incredible. The price point is high, but it IS La Jolla.

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EK
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

This is the 3r time I have eaten at the Lot after a movie and have not been impressed. This time fish was okay a bit dry and the gnocchi were bad...overcooked, dry and very little sauce.

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MW
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it, they should have a mimosa special along with the brunch.

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N
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to The Lot for a nice night out and wasn’t disappointed! Awesome place to go eat, relax and watch a movie.

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JL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We watched a movie, I love the seats!! They are so comfortable! The food came out fast as well.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

65$ cover charge for a buffet that was done by half time. Food was substandard.

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MW
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our new date night spot. We came for taco night and they had salsa dancing as well. We are definitely coming back, well after we practice some lol.

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MW
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They had a great brunch buffet, my mother really enjoyed herself.

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MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

They have a great brunch bar Sunday's and a very relaxed atmosphere. Service can be a bit slow but this is not generally an issue with a buffet.

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JL
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for taco Tuesday! Loved the live band and Latin dancing! We will be coming back!!

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FG
San Diego
121 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We love the new trend in having large comfortable seats in theaters plus food and beverage service. Yes, it costs more but at our age it's worth it. Not to mention underground parking or even valet parking in La Jolla, where parking is scarce period.
The food at The Lot restaurant is a nice cross section of small bites and mains that can go from lunch to dinner. Nothing over the top or super gourmet but familiar food.
Yes, we'd go back for sure

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MW
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time, the staff was so nice and welcoming, we enjoyed everything. The manager stopped by our table to see how we were doing, that showed us that they cared. My husband and I now have a new date night spot.

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JA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Horrible service, hostess took 10 min to say hello, and then after seating us, we left after 15 min, no one even came to say hi.

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RS
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good, everything was pretty expensive, including the drinks.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The Lot has gone downhill a bit. Service as mediocre. Food was decent.

Overall not well impressed.

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E
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch with my daughters was lovely

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The lot on New year's eve probably not the best place to go spend your night. They didn't seem well prepared or equipped for sucha night.

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AV
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Been here before but this time it exceeded our expectations as the food was excellent

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MR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 3

It was s fixed price menu for NYE & no where on my reservation did it say that. Not what I planned on spending at a movie theatre.

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PF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

New Years celebration with family. The special New Years Eve menu was very interesting. Mushroom tartlet was AMAZING, while the beef tenderloin and lobster tail was disappointing. Bland and rubbery. Creme brûlée was tasty.
Ambiance was festive and elegant. Service was excellent.

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

$90 price per person for New Years dinner too high for quantity given

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SR
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was amazing and so attentive. He definitely made our night out memorable.

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N
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I have eaten at The Lot a number of times. Knowing only a few restaurants were open Christmas Day I made a reservation beforehand. There was nothing on the website indicating regular dinner menu would not be available. The set meal menu presented had no price listed and offered few options. We opted for the movie food menu which was fine. Our waiter was a lovely young man who was worked very hard but still managed to look after us. I’m sorry that I don’t know his name. He is bald with glasses and very very pleasant.

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AC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

While we were seated quickly, the service was very slow. However the waiter was kind and we had built in enough time before the movie that it wasn't that big of a deal. The food was delicious! We had a fixed Christmas Day menu and everything was excellent except for the dessert. It really was exceptional fine dining food. When we were asked, we complimented the food and talked candidly about the dessert. Our waiter gave us two passes to the movies in January. It was so nice of them. So be prepared for slow service, but the food was excellent. Skip the dessert.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Terrible service, flavorless food, expensive.

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PG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We made reservations online for Christmas brunch and were expecting to be able to order from the breakfast/ brunch menu. There was nothing on your website that indicated breakfast wasn’t available or that a buffet was the only option. When we arrived at the restaurant we were told we couldn’t order breakfast, only lunch. We wound up spending $35 per person for brunch buffet. Very disappointing. Then when we went to the movie, nobody checked our tickets, the service button on all of our chairs was non functional. It took 10 minutes to flag down a server to order a drink, and a receipt was never produced. Very disappointing experience given our expectations.

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EW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Since i live in La Jolla, I go to The Lot out of convenience. The movie theatre is very comfortable and you have the best popcorn. However, the restaurant is very noisy, which inhibits having any kind of a conversation. The food is okay and the service is slow.

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BT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love going to The Lot in La Jolla.. Great place to hangout, eat, have drinks, coffee and desserts and they have the best Brunch set up on Sunday's!

Bonus, there is always something going on or being held there.

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M
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

The menu is terrible. The chopped turkey salad is made of deli turkey. They need to update their menu. Beautiful environment.

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MM
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love watching and listening to Roman Palacios and he is what brings us to The Lot. It is a wonderful venue, good service and delicious food.

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CA
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

I’ve been to The Lot location at Liberty Station and enjoy it very much. Sadly, I was SO disappointed with the service at this location... we had a reservation and stood there waiting for 15 minutes before someone even came to the hostess desk (and that was literally only after I went to the ticket sales desk and asked the employee if we were supposed to be checking in somewhere else or if there was a hostess somewhere). Then after we were sat, we waited for another 15 minutes at our table and literally not a single staff member came to greet us or bring water or take an order, nothing. They were there, mingling around, refilling waters, and talking to each other, but for some reason we seemed invisible. So after we literally made the decision to wait 5 more minutes for someone to come (which didn’t happen), we got up and found the hostess to tell her we would relocate ourselves to the bar area in hopes of better service and instead we were front row to an employee-employee argument. While we were given menus the staff never stopped by again to allow us to order anything... we literally got there an hour early to eat something before our movie started and ended up only having a single drink in that entire time. I don’t mind paying more when out for the evening having a good time... but it was to the point where it was almost comical how bad this experience was and how pretentious the staff came across. I really hope this is not a true reflection of the service and ambiance sold to customers at The Lot- La Jolla.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Horrible service!
Never have good service there!

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HS
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Open Thanksgiving. Barely acknowledged that we had reservations. Food was good, but service slow. Seated in a part of the restaurant where we weren't obviously visible. Our bar order never arrived, and saw the waiter so rarely that I figured if I had reminded him of the order, it wouldn't arrive before we were ready to leave. Fortunately, we weren't billed for drinks.

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